Sunday, May 15, 2016

Sunday Reads

Dale O'Leary was a longtime feminist who seems to have gotten more conservative over the decades, but she is spot-on regarding the transgender agenda.

The "left" is so consumed with "sexual liberation" and with being "tolerant" and accepting "diversity," they are willing to trash the rights to privacy and safety of half of the human race.

This point is true and describes the whole thing in a nutshell:

The government does not have the right to force a citizen to say something he knows is a lie or to be silent in the face of evil. The people have a right to freedom of speech, which includes the right to speak the truth, even if the truth hurts another person’s feelings. So-called “hate speech” rules are unacceptable because they allow one group to veto the speech of another.

Some may argue that this is just about words, but as G. K. Chesterton said, words “are the only thing worth fighting about.” Careless use of language caused this mess and needs to be remedied, first by never saying gender when you mean sex.

The school under attack tried to accommodate the boy who wanted to be a girl. This was a mistake. They should have told the parents that their son is a boy and must use the boys’ facilities. If this is not possible, he needs counseling. Halfway accommodation won’t work; the Department of Education demands total capitulation. The defenders of the reality of sex difference should learn from this mistake. They cannot compromise the truth. They should not force the other students to accept the lie that gender trumps sex, just to avoid hurting a troubled boy’s feelings.

There is such a thing as an objective reality--indeed, reality by its very nature is objective. We should not be humoring people with lies then making laws that tell us we must continue with the deception so as to not hurt somebody else's feelings.

Obituary: Actress Madeleine Lebeau, 92, the last credited cast member of the 1942 classic film Casablanca, has died. She played the (very young) girlfriend of Rick Blaine, played by Humphrey Bogart. Her most noted scene in the film was where she was found teary-eyed singing the French national anthem "La Marseillaise" in the famed "battle of the anthems" scene.

Her own life was not unlike the characters in the film:

Her life echoed the film: After she made her screen debut in French film “Girls in Distress” in 1939, LeBeau and her husband, actor Marcel Dalio, fled Paris for Portugal. They were said to have received transit visas that allowed them to enter Spain and then Portugal before continuing on towards Chile. They were stranded in Mexico when their visas turned out to be forgeries and were able to enter the United States with temporary Canadian passports.

She soon found work in Hollywood and appeared in Olivia de Havilland starrer “Hold Back the Dawn” and “Gentleman Jim,” starring Errol Flynn, before being cast in “Casablanca.” Her husband, who played Emil the croupier in “Casablanca,” filed for divorce during the production. She starred in “Paris After Dark” and “Music for Millions” in Hollywood before returning to France after WWII.

Perhaps the best scene in movie history:

This clip in a nutshell is why Casablanca can never be remade. Almost all of the cast was European, except for Humphrey Bogart, Dooley Wilson, and Joy Page. Many of the cast, including Lebeau, were real-life refugees. You can't fake the power of that scene, filmed right in the middle of World War II. I believe it is the best scene ever made in the history of film. It "gets" me every single time I see it. Lebeau wasn't faking those tears, and that lends to the power of that scene.

She died on May 1 following a leg injury.

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